he world in 1995 was a very different place, in ways both significant and banal. Most people didn’t have a robust internet connection, and no-one had heard of Mark Zuckerberg or Facebook (not so surprising, given that he was 11 at the time PC Advisor made its bow). Google, eBay, YouTube and Twitter were all well in the future, Microsoft was on a roll and Apple looked to be on its way down the plug hole.
How things have changed. The connected world of digital music, movies and photos that we enjoy now would have been inconceivable. Mobile computing was so far in the future that even laptops were the exception rather than the norm.
All these developments have changed not only our technological horizons, but also the way we live our lives and view the world at large. Some make our existences better but, in other areas, such progress has come at a cost. We’ve selected what we think are 10 of the most significant changes we’ve seen, and analysed their impact.